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Ögelman, Nedim
Documenting and Explaining the Persistence of Homeland Politics among Germany's Turks
The International Migration Review, 37(1):163-193
2003

Keywords: Turkish Organizations, Germany, political migrants, homeland differences

Abstract:

This article examines the development of Germany’s Turkish organizations since 1961. These have failed to mobilize Germany’s Turks around shared ethnocultural grievances against the host society. A transnational political opportunity structure, a contextual framework involving host and sending countries, entices distinct actors leading Germany’s Turkish organizations to focus on homeland differences instead of common interests. In this transnational context, actors - whom I will label political migrants - influence immigrant community cohesion by using associations to pursue goals rooted in the homeland or host country. When a sending country generates contentious political migrants in an ethnoculturally dissimilar, homogeneous democracy and the hosts fail to incorporate the foreigners, infighting focused on the homeland is likely to preoccupy the immigrant community.

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